AUTHOR: Naomi Novik
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: I brought this from BOOKDEPOSITORY
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
this was a book that I had wanted to read for quite a while, but everything I heard about it, was either absolutely amazing, or absolutely horrendous.
Uprooted follows a young girl, Agnieszka (neiska) who lives in a town where a wizard known as the dragon takes a girl every 10 years. But as the years go on, the wood and it’s danger creeps closer and war is on the horizon.
This was SUCH a cute fantasy standalone, that was nicely light on the romance side. Uprooted had the most unique magic system I know of, and unfortunately that’s not such a great thing as it’s really just random words thrown together, and it personally confused me and made no sense! Luckily it wasn’t annoying enough to really make me dislike the book.
The plot follows Sarkan and Neiska as they try to fight the wood back and regain control over the lands before the wood takes over (the wood is like, a magic that lives in the woods and corrupts the things that live in there & enter it) the small towns and kills people. But by the end, it could be seen that grief turned the wood to anger and malicious intent.
I think my favourite part of this story were the creatures that lurked in the wood, giant praying mantis’ and walkers (tree like humans) and how they reacted to their environment like an animal would. My all time favourite scene of this book was near the end when Neiska started working with the Walkers to cleanse the wood and fed them in exchange for wood, they acted much like a smart animal would and it made me feel so happy, to see something that had been corrupted getting a second chance.
Overall, while I didn’t like the magic system, I enjoyed the world and plot, and adored the creatures created. This is the kind of book I would re read just for that feeling of being locked in a fairytale
I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy, people who are okay with a confusing magic system, and those who want a cute, feel good ending then read this book